Paphos

Paphos ~ Birthplace of Aphrodite

This year Paphos is the European Capital of Culture with Aarhus in Denmark.  The city of Paphos is also a Unesco World Heritage Site with many architectural and archaeological sites to explore.

cyprus toursA good way to get to know Paphos is to take a trip on an open top double decker red bus. See the Temple of Aphrodite, St. Paul’s Pillar, the castle and  beautiful old harbor…. Read More >>

Paphos has two areas which are 3km apart.  Kato (Lower) and Ktima (Upper – which is inland). Ktima Pafos is famous for the many restaurants which offer Cypriot cuisine and Kato (Lower) Pafos is the more touristic area with a palm tree lined promenade and an abundance of open air cafes, restaurants.

Every year the  Aphrodite Festival  of international opera is held under the stars at the Medieval Castle in the harbor. For each performance there are 2,500 seats – www.pafc.com.cy

stgeorgeschurch The district of Paphos includes the popular resorts of Coral Bay and St George’s where you will find St George’s Fish Taverna.  See Paphos Restaurants

Other popular resorts are the town of Polis and Latchi with it’s lovely harbor and the stunning Akamas Peninsula.

Paphos also has many lovely hotelsvillas and spa resorts and top golf courses.

Petra Tou Romiou

Nearby is Petra Tou Romiou, the birthplace of Aphrodite and a popular place for weddings.  This is Aphrodite territory, full of the myths and legends of the famous goddess.

Aphrodite's rock cyprusAncient legend has it that folk-hero Digenis Aakritas hurled a large rock (petra) at the Saracens during a battle.  The rock landed by the sea, hence the name of Petra Tou Romiou – in Greek this means ‘Rock of the Greek’.

 

Attractions in Paphos

There are many more incredible sites and places to visit in and around Pafos. The Temple of Aphrodite at Kouklia village is just 14 km east of Pafos and the Sacred Garden of Aphrodite is 3 km east of Pafos at Yeroskipou village.

The famous Springs of Peyeia are in the village square just 19km north-west of Pafos.

baths of aphroditeTo visit  the Baths of Aphrodite,  drive along the north coast passing Polis and Latchi harbor.


Akamas Peninsula

To discover the true beauty of this area  a must to visit is the Akamas Peninsula.

Once the playground of Aphrodite this is Akamas-coastlineone of the most beautiful areas of Cyprus.

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Where To Stay …

Paphos Hotels Agapinor4 star hotels paphos Constantinou Bros Athena Beach HotelJust a 5 minute walk from the local market and bazaar in the old town of Pafos is the   popular 3 star Agapinor Hotel.

The 4 star  Athena Beach Hotel is a beachfront hotel in Kato Paphos, within walking distance of the harbor, archaeological sites, shops and nightlife.

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